July 26, 2017

This Day :: a journal entry

Today I'm: Ha! Trying to get my ducks in a row... this morning I was able to get my two mile walk in, spend some time with my daughter and go to the library. This afternoon, prior to sitting down and writing a blog post... because I need to, and want to, I spent two hours working on more Tell Me of: Embroidery Templates.

looking out my window: the sun shines, but I actually have the blinds closed to keep out the afternoon sun. It is hot... and that is all I will say about that. {smile}

with gratitude and thanksgiving: I am grateful that my daughter has two weeks off from classes, because - I missed her. Between her work and school, I have come to cherish our moments even more.

we are celebrating and enjoying: I just celebrated my birthday, and you know... I feel better now than I ever did in my twenties. On multiple levels... thankful the LORD granted me another year, I intend to be joyful in it!

 from the pages I am reading: actually, we are still working through a stack of books. You know, the ones that you start and three months later your half way between them all. Yeah. That is what it is like. However, just last night I was reading an article about the Food Freedom law that passed in Wyoming. Man - I miss home. I miss the mountains, the people, the climate - and now, I miss the food freedom.

of sowing and reaping: Farmer's Markets - I love them. I am thankful for them, and yes... I will gladly pay three dollars for eggs from a local farmer verses the dollar ones at the local supermarket when we are able. I have had to purchase those dollar eggs too, but I do prefer to support whole, local food producers... especially when they are raised with great practices.

thus creating, a cultivation of soul: well, I will just show you a sneak peak...

from the hearth: THM {Trim Healthy Mama} is great! I am just 13 pounds to my first goal weight and have been in "one-der land" for a little bit now - again I am very grateful. Have I always eaten on plan, no... but I get back up and keep going, and it is paying off.

adding to the apothecary: My mama sent me a huge box of dried plantain and I am in the process of make large batches of infused oil for another project I am working on, it is too early to share about it yet... so please be patient.

building community and sustainability: huh, we almost bought a house. We were the ones who withdrew from the process, and that - was so hard - for me. But the reason we did it, was solely due to the fact it didn't rest in my spirit at all... I was up all night, the night we made the offer. In morning, my Husband and I prayed, I had asked God for a specific thing.

In which, He answered - specifically.

Readers, we have been waiting for a homestead of our own for eight plus years, a couple more months isn't going too hard, and when we do find it... both of us will have complete peace over the process.


July 6, 2017

52 Lists :: The Things that Make you Feel Heathy

Mind. Body. Soul.

~ Mind: where the true battle begins, your worldview effects every choice you make
  • Taking every thought captive and intentionally bringing them in line with Scripture
  • Refusing to focus on the negative, or the past and choosing to focus on the life ahead
~ Body: Redeemed - it belongs to the One Whom designed it -  knitted together
  • Drinking plenty of clean, water and organic bone broth
  • Eating lots of green veggies
  • Walking and taking my vitamins
~ Soul: or perhaps the Spiritual side
  • Taking and making time to spend with my Redeemer, My El - Yeshua
  • Reading the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation
  • Be in PRAYER
  • Working on writing out the Word, from Genesis to Revelation
  • Resting in Him - His Word, and His timing

Healthy habits, needing a more cultivation... I sure know it when I do not do these things.

the Photo:

July 3, 2017

Lavender Embroidery Block and Handmade Template

Each time I finish an embroidered herbal block my creativity grows, yes I am already thinking about the next one in our series... however, before I get ahead of myself I thought to share the lavender one I just finished. Well. Almost.

I have a special project in mind for them when they are all finished and I will share more about the project with you at a later time. For now, I hope you enjoy and use these very simple... hand drawn templates to encourage the skill of embroidery and the love of all things herbal.

The Template: has simple thick lines, and plenty of room for creativity - allowing for a variety of ages and skill levels.

 I think I have figured out how to offer this as a printable in google doc's... which you should be able to find here. This will make printing and tracing much easier. If you run into problems, have kind suggestions or are looking for a specific herb please do not hesitate to ask. As my ability is cultivated I hope my templates grow too... 

* This post is part of a series, Tell Me Of: Herbal Narrative and Projects for Children - found in my side bar. You can read more about me or my herbal education in the {about} and {disclosure} tabs.